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Clinton Begins Confirmation Hearing as US Top Diplomat

ClintonBy Dr. Richard L. Benkin

The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee began hearings today on President-elect Barack Obama’s nomination of Hillary Clinton to become Secretary of State. The committee is chaired by former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry with Richard Lugar, who has been generally supportive of Obama, as the committee’s ranking Republican. Ever since Obama announced the former First Lady’s nomination on December 1, it has been widely assumed that she would sail through the confirmation process. She has won praise from Democrats and Republicans alike.

Time to liberate those held in bondage is near at hand - President Mahinda Rajapakse

Mahinda Rajapaksa In a Pongal Day message, Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa while emphasizing the liberation of those held in bondage, declared, "On this Thai Pongal Festival Day my thoughts go out specially to the many Hindus who continue to be held in bondage by those who claim to fight for their liberation. On this special day of hope, I am glad to assure all Hindus of Sri Lanka that the time for the liberation of their brothers and sisters in faith, who are also my own brothers and sisters as citizens of Sri Lanka is near at hand, as we strive to restore freedom and democracy in full measure to the North of our country."

Importance Of Sri Lankan Expatriates Organized In a Forum

By K.T.Rajasingham

Dr.NazeemDr. Nazeem Seyed-Mohamed , a professor in Business Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden who has lived in the country for over 35 years, says there should be a Forum of Sri Lankan expatriates who can offer their services to their motherland. If you take any country, human resources are considered as an important factor needed for development, “he said in an interview with 'Asian Tribune.' Whatever they are - academics, businessmen, politicians or any others, they must be encouraged to see what can they do for the country and in order to do that there should be facilities, he added.

Gaza Killings Trigger Call for War Crimes Probe

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

With hundreds of civilians, mostly women and children, killed during nearly three weeks of fighting in Gaza, there is a growing demand either for an international tribunal or an international commission to investigate charges of war crimes committed by Israel. But there are fears that any such move may be shot down by the United States, and possibly by other Western nations, which continue to politically temper their criticism of Israel despite violations of all the known international conventions protecting women, children, the wounded and the dying in war zones.

Responsibility To Protect Israel (R2P)

A comment by L. Jayasooriya

This is your day Mr. Gareth Evans to protect Israel from the Palestinians by applying your R2P formula for which you have been given immense resources to exercise your right to protect everybody in this world the details of which are in your biography in the internet which states that you are the President and the Chief Executive Officer of the Brussels–based International Crisis Group (ICG), an independent multinational non-governmental organization with 90 full-time staff on five continents which works through field-based analysis and high level policy advocacy, to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.

No Clean, Aseptic War, Says Dhanapala

DhanapalaThe Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, which is presided over by former UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs Jayantha Dhanapala, says the high number of civilian casualties in Gaza indicates once more that there is no such a thing as a clean, technological and aseptic warfare where civilians are spared and only combatants (soldiers or insurgents) are hit.

Sri Lanka: US Government renovates five schools in Trincomalee district

The US Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S.Pacific Command, is rehabilitating five schools in Trincomalee District and one hospital and two schools in Batticaloa District. The groundbreaking ceremonies of USAID funded renovations in five schools in former LTTE-controlled areas of Trincomalee District will take place this week.

Qatar urged to participate in Lanka’s development

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama who is on an official visit to the State of Qatar met with Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani, Prime Minister of Qatar at the Emiri Diwan (Royal Palace) and urged Qatar participate in the development of Sri Lanka. Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al-Thani who is also the Foreign Minister was given a detailed briefing on the current situation in Sri Lanka by Minister Bogollagama. Explaining the progress made by the security forces in the fight against terrorism, the Minister said that the LTTE was being roundly defeated in all fronts and this victory was being achieved due to the support given by the ordinary Tamil people who had been victims of the LTTE’s reign of terror.

Sri Lanka Minister Milinda Moragoda Keynote Speaker at Vibrant Gujarat Tourism Session

The opening ceremony of the biennal "Vibrant Gujarat 2009" industrial summit, was held this Monday at the Gujarat Science City in Ahamedabad. Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who inaugurated the summit, spoke on his plan to achieve a balanced growth of the industrial, agricultural and service sectors — with more emphasis on tourism. Sri Lanka Tourism Minister Milinda Moragoda was the keynote speaker at the Tourism session of the summit held later that afternoon when he spoke on Coastal Tourism, sharing the Sri Lankan tourism development experience with the international participants.

Shekhawat Turns Heat On BJP

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

It was not just a challenge to those who had declared L.K. Advani as the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party. It was more than a calculated snub from Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, former vice president of India, to Rajnath Singh, president of the BJP, when he reminded the latter that he had entered politics even before Singh was born. It was an expression of pent up fury of Shekhawat that had been building up since his defeat in the presidential poll. He had thrown a dart with a message aimed at a ‘junior’ in the party who had publicly crossed swords with Shekhawat, a BJP veteran from Rajasthan who had started his career as a policeman in Sikar district at the dawn of the country’s freedom.


Sri Lanka President Mahinda Raja


Dr.Nazeem Seyed-Mohamed

Jayantha Dhanapala

Chundikulam Captured: Entire Jaffna Peninsula liberated

Sri Lanka Army 55 Division soldiers this evening (Jan 14) captured Chundikulam, the last LTTE held area in Jaffna Peninsula, along with 100 LTTE boats, a short while ago. After capturing of Chundikulam, the landmass that links the Jaffna peninsula with the mainland, the entire Jaffna peninsula was liberated by the troops. A senior LTTE Sea Tiger identified as 'Thiru' was killed during a confrontation with the army. Sources told "Asian Tribune" that today some leading LTTE cadres have surrendered to the Government forces.